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MY STORY ~ JAYME

“Jayme” grew up in troubled home as a victim of domestic sexual abuse and substance addiction. She engaged in petty criminal activity and used drugs over the years, and repeated the 9th grade three times.

She became addicted to cough syrup and alcohol, and occasionally drank with her father. In addition, her father had been molesting her for quite some time. Her cries for help to her mother and grandmother not only went unheeded, but she was scolded for speaking about it.

When Jayme reported her father, she was placed in foster care. Her mother and grandmother were furious at her for not keeping her silence. The lack of compassion and support from her family was compounded by the guilt she felt when her brothers were also removed from the home.

While relieved to be out of the abusive home, Jayme’s first foster care placement was chaotic in its own way. But Jayme held strong and demonstrated increased life coping skills. Though her morale was low, she did not return to old habits.

She instead advocated to be placed in a more positive environment. Her move to a temporary emergency shelter left her feeling discouraged though, as if she was being punished.

Due to her past legal infractions, Jayme was referred by the Drug Court to the Ka’i Like Program. The Ka’i Like Program provides individualized care based on a strength-based approach that focuses on the youth’s needs and goals, and strives to ensure that the youth completes his or her probationary requirements and stay arrest-free.

Jayme now lives with a caring DHS foster parent, and after several months, things are stabilizing for her.

It was through the Ka‘i Like Program that she was encouraged to participate in the WHY TRY resiliency program to build youth confidence and strength. On her first try in the program, she cheated on an endurance hike by catching a ride to the destination. But on her second attempt, she successfully completed the hike, and now uses the knowledge she gained from the experience.

She was also introduced to outrigger paddling through her foster parent and joined a team as a steersman. She has raced in several regattas, strengthening her perseverance, teamwork, health and self-confidence.

Jayme continues to chart her course toward success. She enthusiastically studies for online courses and will be starting the fall semester as a senior. She is also committed to remaining drug free, and is looking forward to a new foster home placement in the coming months.


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